COVID-19 ends snow days? Schools use online class to cancel them

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A high school junior shares a glimpse of what digital learning is like during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts developed plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic. 

For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days – a trend that has expanded to New York City and could work its way across the country. 

Taking classes online full-time happened in a way no one could have anticipated. On March 11, after a possible widespread COVID-19 exposure at a girls’ state basketball game, staff had about an hour to get roughly 285

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COVID ends snow days? These schools used online class to cancel them

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A high school junior shares a glimpse of what digital learning is like during the coronavirus pandemic.

USA TODAY

Years before the coronavirus hit, two rural school districts started developing plans to put learning online. They were ready for a snowstorm and instead found themselves prepared for a pandemic. 

For the Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools in northeast Nebraska, the move online took four years, gradually incorporating online software into daily lesson plans to use during inclement weather or in place of hiring substitutes when a teacher was absent. The district used digital learning to abolish snow days — a trend that has spread to New York City and could work its way across the country. 

Taking classes online full-time happened in a way no one could have anticipated. On March 11, following a possible widespread COVID-19 exposure at a girls’ state basketball game, staff had about an hour to get

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Are snow days a thing of the past? With Massachusetts schools both online and in-person, a long tradition could change

Snow days have always been a right of passage for kids in the New England region, a brief respite from schoolwork marked by sleeping in and making snowmen.

But now, with school districts across Massachusetts still relying on remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, the future of snow days may come into question.

In Worcester, where students are learning remotely through at least the first semester, Superintendent Maureen Binienda said she’s waiting to hear from state education officials on what the plan will be for students this winter. But, Binienda said she thinks the possibility of traditional snow days turning into online learning days is a change she would welcome.

“We can do remote learning with students online for the whole day. By the end of this year, all of us are going to have really good established practices with that,” Binienda said. “It would make sense that you could

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No more snow days? Connecticut education officials consider online learning in event of inclement weather

Snow days could be a thing of the past in Connecticut schools this winter as the state Department of Education is developing guidelines on how students may learn online from home instead of missing class due to inclement weather.

Jessica Mirtle, legal director for the state education department, told members of the State Board of Education Wednesday that the unique circumstances of education during the coronavirus pandemic — with many school districts including an online component as part of students’ learning — have led to many questions about whether students could simply learn from home in the event of snow rather than having to make up a day at the end of the school year.

“It’s only because of these circumstances that we would consider this something that needs to be … allowed for,” Mirtle said.

State education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said with winter approaching “this is a timely conversation”

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Will Increased Online Education End Snow Days for Schools?

(TNS) — The days of waking up to snowfall and heading back to sleep because school is canceled may be a thing of the past.

Students across Michigan are learning virtually this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and inclement weather may no longer stand in the way of getting to class safely.

Though many superintendents say snow days aren’t something to worry about for another couple of months, some students have already taking to social media with jokes about saying goodbye to the cherished break from school with online learning.

Bill DiSessa, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education, said the state’s guidance on snow days remains the same for those learning in-person.

Virtual students may not be so lucky this year as MDE doesn’t anticipate requests for snow days for all-virtual instruction, he said.

Districts are offering a mix of in-person and online options. With the establishment of virtual

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